In just over one week, Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, is set to welcome approximately 100,000 music fans to the hallowed grounds of Donington for a jam-packed weekend of legendary bands, entertainment, comedy, WWE wrestling and mindfulness at the UK’s largest single site festival. The three-day extravaganza headlined by Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool takes place 14-16 June 2019 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire.
The festival will play host to over 100+ acts, including stadium-smashing rock acts Smashing Pumpkins,Slash ft. Miles Kennedy, Trivium, Slayer, Enter Shikari and Halestorm.
Now, Download Festival aims to lead trailblazing sustainability initiatives in its 2019 edition.
Recently announced is the ‘Mind the Dog’mindfulness initiative, where rockers can share a fully immersive live music and mindfulness experience, as well as the return of the wildly popular Do.om Yoga.
Download’s sustainability metal song has also been released on Twitter in its aim for the greenest year yet at the festival.
But the festival already has an impressive history of renewable and sustainability initiatives.
Car parking donations last year via Energy Revolution raised £15,811 for Solar to Schools, a project which funds schools with solar roofing panels across the UK, and the festival continues its zero waste to landfill policy, as recycling points in the campsites will double in 2019.
Last year saw the recycling and composting rate increase to 46% from 2017’s 41%, and single use cups were reduced by a million with reusable alternatives. The Eco Campsite opened in 2018 which saw zero tents left behind and returns this year with an increased capacity for a total of 2000 campers, a 33% increase from last year.
Additional water points for 2019 will be introduced across the arena, refillable Download Festival metal water bottles will be available for purchase the first time, and Co-op will continue their Deposit and Return Scheme with their reverse vending machine returning to Download, which proved popular last year with festival goers who want to recycle plastic bottles, in return for a coupon to spend in the on site Co-op shop.
Since 2016, all single use plastic cutlery, containers, and straws have been banned from traders, caterers and bars.